Today’s devotional is from Jeff Honnold’s blog, The Water’s Edge, where this first appeared under the title Living the Branch Life.
Two weeks ago I began a Thursday morning study with four other guys that has already been challenging me in ways I’m not sure I’ve been challenged before – and I am loving it.
We are currently working through John 15 one verse at a time. Now, I’ve done Bible studies before but never to this depth – spending this much focused time on a single verse at a time. This week we are looking at verse 2:
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
- John 15:2 (NIV)
As we do this study we are reading Andrew Murray’s book, “The True Vine” that helps us to dig into this. My reading today was looking just at the word “fruit”. Here’s what Murray writes with regards to the purpose of the existence of a vine is to bear fruit for it’s owner:
It is because Christians do not understand or accept this truth that they so fail in their efforts and prayers to live the branch life. They often desire it earnestly; they read and meditate and pray, and yet they fail, and the wonder why. The reason is very simple: They do not know that fruitbearing is the one thing they have been saved for. (emphasis Murray)
I just keep re-reading this section. As I read that I look at my own life and I keep asking myself, “Am I truly living the branch life”?
As if that weren’t enough to chew on he then goes on to say this:
The one object God had in making you a branch is the Christ may through you bring life to men. Your personal salvation, your business and care for your family, are entirely subordinate to this. (emphasis Murray)
Wow. Put those two together and I keep asking myself how much time to I spend trying to care for myself as the branch and not worry or even think about the fruit.
How about you? Does this hit anyone else hard?